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Middletown’s Strohecker to enter Central Pa. Hall of Fame

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 4/10/19

Middletown Area High School graduate Russ Strohecker will be inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies June 15 at the Red Lion Inn, Lindle Road, …

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Middletown’s Strohecker to enter Central Pa. Hall of Fame

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Middletown Area High School graduate Russ Strohecker will be inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies June 15 at the Red Lion Inn, Lindle Road, Harrisburg.

Strohecker, the son of Irv and Bonnie Strohecker of Middletown, graduated from MAHS in 1991. He was an all-league guard and linebacker for the Blue Raiders and helped lead the team to an overall 8-3 record during his senior year.

The Blue Raiders, under head coach Dennis Iezzi, finished in a three-way tie for the Mid-Penn Division II championship. Strohecker led the defense with 72 solo and 39 assisted tackles and 7.5 sacks.

A team captain as a senior, Strohecker was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year for Division II.

Along with five of his teammates, Strohecker participated in the Thanksgiving Day East-West Senior All-Star Football Game. He was also named as the winner of the Raider Club’s annual David H. Degler Jr. Memorial Award at the team banquet.

Following graduation, Strohecker continued his gridiron success at Bucknell University. He was a letter winner for the Bison all four years and, by the close of the 1994 season, set a career tackles record of 370 stops, a mark that still stands.

Strohecker also received several awards while at Bucknell. Among them were the Stuart M. Smith Award given to the football program’s outstanding newcomer in 1992; the Keating-Rieu Memorial Award for the outstanding player against rival Colgate in 1993; and the Clarke Hinkle Award presented to the outstanding defensive back/linebacker in 1994, his senior season. He was also a team co-captain his final year.

Strohecker graduated from Bucknell with a degree in biology and has had a very successful career in medical sales and technology with Medtronic Inc. and Boston Scientific. He lives in New Hampshire.